>RSA Animate – The Secret Powers of Time

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This video reminded me of the differences between cultures: Western European Anglo-Saxon Scandinavian Germanic peoples are predominately protestant and thus future oriented. The Catholic universalistic cultures, like those in Central America, Mexico included, are more present oriented. The common phrase, “manana” is often connected to the difficulty of getting anything done in Mexico, because Mexicans, in general, tend to live in the present and let the future take care of itself.

What’s happening in the United States is present oriented people ie., the non-white Mexicans – are flooding into a nation that used to be predominately future oriented. How will these two cultures mix?

Tea Party members are predominately white and thus future oriented. Many of the Tea Party members are baby boomers coming into retirement age – that is, their future life here on earth has or is arriving. And, they are coming to realize that they have had leaders who have been present oriented running their country for the last two or three dozen years. These present oriented leaders have kicked the can down the road for decades and now the can is at the end of the road, and the baby boomers realize the can is just about empty.

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